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Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) has been deliberating an important high level international conference in the Eritrean capital, Asmara for last several days.
Kala Betana Hotesso, chairman of SNLF, Photo from Gadaa.net
PAFD, founded and inaugurated on 23 October, 2015 in Oslo, Norway, is comprised of five armed national liberation movements – Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF), Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM), Gambela People’s Liberation Movement (GPLM), all of whom are engaged in national liberation struggles against the Addis Ababa regime in Ethiopia.
The conference, being convened and participated by all founding members of PAFD, is also attended by various dignitaries, including ambassadors, government representatives and high profile eminent persons. The Ogaden News Agency has confirmed that the primary objective of the meeting is to create a General Council, an Executive Committee, and comprehensive strategy and plan of action for the Alliance.
The leaderships of the founding fronts – Admiral Mohamed O. Osman, chairman of ONLF; Daud Ibsa, chairman of OLF; Betana Hotesso, chairman of SNLF; Abdulwahab Mahdi, chairman of BPLM; and Okello Okidi, chairman of GPLM, all converged at the strategically located Horn of Africa country to lead and preside over the Alliance’s efforts to create an effective, efficient, cohesive and objective framework for the grand movement.